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Kings 3, Maple Leafs 2, SO

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TORONTO (AP)

Drew Doughty and Dustin Brown were happy to have the a couple bounces go the Los Angeles Kings' way.

Brown scored the only goal of a shootout Monday and the Los Angeles Kings wrapped up a bizarre road trip with a 3-2 win over the Maple Leafs on Monday night.

Doughty set up the first goal when he fired the puck into the offensive zone along the glass, only to have it kick off a stanchion and directly out in front. Justin Williams calmly collected it and beat Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer high at 7:54.

''I've never seen that happen in this building,'' Reimer said.

Doughty later held in a puck that appeared to trickle out over the blue-line but was ruled to have stayed in, setting up a series of passes that put the goal on Brown's stick. He converted at 14:58.

''I was told it was offside,'' Doughty said. ''I haven't seen it but we finally got a good bounce our way - we haven't been getting those at all lately so finally the hockey gods helped us out.''

John-Michael Liles and Matt Frattin scored for Toronto, which has two wins in the last nine games.

After the Kings went up 1-0, it only took a few minutes before Toronto evened the score. Liles stepped off the point and met the puck as it bounced out from the boards, hammering a shot past Jonathan Quick's glove.

Reimer began to make his presence felt during a second period where his team was outshot 16-4. He kicked a leg out to deny Simon Gagne early on and was only beat after the Kings received their second good bounce of the evening, for Brown's goal.

Frattin tied the game at 2:56 of the third by batting the puck out of midair after a pass from Mikhail Grabovski on the rush. It was the fourth goal of the season for the rookie and set the stage for overtime.

''We're not happy with losing games, but you're not going to have an 82-game season that goes perfect,'' Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf said. ''I haven't seen one yet. To be honest with you, we're going to work through this as a group. We've got the guys in here, we're confident in our team and we're going to come back to work tomorrow.''

The Leafs, meanwhile, will have to regroup without forward Colby Armstrong. He pronounced himself fit to play after Monday's morning skate but ended up being a late scratch because of a concussion that took the team by surprise.

Armstrong suffered the injury during Saturday's loss to Vancouver and only informed the medical staff of the problem on Monday afternoon. He was feeling nauseous and dizzy.

''It took us all by complete shock because we had no idea that he had his bell rung the other night,'' Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. ''He kind of kept that from us.''

The Kings limped into Toronto having lost six of their last seven games, a stretch cost coach Terry Murray his job.

The victory set the stage for the beginning of the Darryl Sutter era. He'll take over before the Kings host Anaheim on Thursday night.

''I like what I saw tonight but I think we need to build on it,'' said interim coach John Stevens, who hopes to stay on as an assistant under Sutter.

NOTES: Since April 2, 2009, the Kings are 68-0-4 when leading after two periods ... The last time the Kings scored more than two goals in a game was Nov. 22 ... Toronto hosts Buffalo on Thursday and visits the Islanders on Friday ... The Leafs dressed tough guy Colton Orr. He's been a healthy scratch 28 times this season ... Announced attendance was 19,525.

Tagged: Kings, Maple Leafs, Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty, James Reimer

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